The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Apr
27
Sat
Night Creatures: Bats @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm
Mary Layman’s favorite mammals are bats, and her enthusiasm for these remarkable animals will lead participants on an exploration filled with wonder and amazement. Learn how bats fly, what they eat, and why they play vital roles in nearly all ecosystems on Earth. “Miss Mary” has been an educator for 22 years, spending the first part of her teaching career as a traveling environmental educator for the non-profit Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Flagstaff. She believes people of all ages learn best through play, and designs learning experiences that spark imagination, encourage creativity, and foster safe exploration.

This event is free and open to the public. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

May
25
Sat
Writers of the Night Sky @ Coconino Center for the Arts
May 25 @ 6:30 pm

Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition is thrilled to announce the addition of a new Literary Event to the 2019 Celebration of the Night! This event will be a live reading and performance that features prose and poetry written by local writers paying tribute to Flagstaff’s lovely dark sky cityscape! The contributions will be chosen by a panel of 4 judges: Paul Bogard (author of The End of Night), local writers and literary advocates Katie King and Ky J. Dio, and Coalition founder Lance Diskan. Dapper Dre will be hosting and introducing the Writers, and local photographers will be highlighting their work in the background during the show. Please join us in celebrating our dark sky city and the inspiration of star filled skies through a riveting and exciting literary performance!

$5 suggested donation at the door. Produced as part of Flagstaff Dark Skies Coalition’s 2019 Celebration of the Night. See all events on there website: flagstaffdarkskies.org 

 

Jul
20
Sat
Navajo Rug Auction 2019 @ Museum of Northern Arizona
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

NavajoRugAuction_nslOver 300 original Navajo weavings are on the auction block in this fun, fast-paced event. Learn about Navajo weavings, meet the weavers and enjoy Navajo tacos and frybread. This event is held at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday, July 20, 2019. There is no cost to attend and register for a bidder number.

Auction Preview: 9am-1pm
Auction: 2pm-6pm

Navajo Rug Auction Catalog 2019

Our auctions are led by auctioneers from The R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Bruce Burnham and his family are well known for their work in trading Native art of the four corners area for five generations. Bruce has been a trader to the Navajo for over forty years and is also the auctioneer for The Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. He and his wife Virginia own and operate The Burnham Trading Post and Collector’s Gallery in Sanders, Arizona, in the Navajo new lands. The Burnham family is known for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo Textiles and his expertise in buying, selling, and trading has earned him the respect of area collectors and peers nationwide.

Specialists and experts in the field of Native American art and Navajo weaving will be on site to identify handspun, hand-carded, and vintage pieces verses acrylic yarns to ensure quality items and prices. Information on how to evaluate and buy Navajo rugs will also be available.

Navajo Rug Auctions are an excellent opportunity to learn about Native American Art. Before the auction you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Detailed information and discussion about a specific piece, artist, and other aspects of the weavings will be available before and after the auction by experts in the field of Navajo weaving and culture. Auctions allow weavers and other artists to obtain an immediate and higher return for their work. The breadth of artists, styles, and bidding opportunities has made rug auctions an affordable way to purchase and collect high quality rugs. Rugs sell from twenty to a couple thousand dollars. Even if you do not buy anything, it is a great learning experience.

In order to enter your authentic Navajo weavings into the Auction, you must bring them to the Museum of Northern Arizona during the times listed below. Auction specialists will review your weavings and help you price them according to Auction history.

We will be accepting consignments for the Navajo Rug Auction the on the July 18th and 19th from 10am – 5pm at The Museum of Northern Arizona. 

For more information, contact us at (928) 779-2300.

Navajo Rug Auction Catalog 2019

 

Nov
9
Sat
It’s Elemental 2019 – Opening Reception & Members Preview @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Steve Schaeffer

The Flagstaff Arts Council is excited to host the opening of the 2019 It’s Elemental with a Members’ Preview Saturday, November 9th, 5-6 p.m. followed by the Public Opening Reception 6-8 p.m.

It’s Elemental is an annual exhibition at the Coconino Center for the Arts, serving as a perfect lead up to the holiday season. It has its roots from the earliest days at the Center, from the mid-1980′s to the mid-1990′s. Back then, the exhibition was titled, “Wood, Fiber, Clay.” The Center closed in the late 1990′s, but when it reopened in 2001, the exhibition returned with its current name and concept.

The popular fine craft exhibition,  showcases works of art by the finest craftspeople in Arizona. The annual juried show features jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, wood, furniture, fabric, sculpture and more. This year’s exhibition will be open November 13 – December 14, 2019, Wednesday-Saturday, 11:00am-5:00pm.

 

In our lobby, we host It’s Ornamental on our Christmas Tree. Many of the participating artists have created one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments for the holiday season. They donated these to the Arts Council, and we sell them at affordable prices ($5 – $35) to raise money to support exhibitions at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

The exhibition is accompanied by the Fine Craft Sale on December 7 and 8, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 – 4 p.m on Sunday. The Fine Craft Sale is a juried holiday marketplace featuring local craftspeople. Now in its eighth year, the Sale is a popular fixture in Flagstaff’s holiday season.

 

 

 

Mar
7
Sat
12th Annual Viola Awards Gala @ High Country Conference Center
Mar 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The twelfth annual Viola Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Gala event feels a lot like the Oscars for the Flagstaff arts scene! Guests dress in fun and crazy outfits, many in formal wear.

The event is the largest non-profit arts fundraiser in Northern Arizona and also serves as an award ceremony celebrating the best of Flagstaff’s
Arts and Science sector. All winners of the 2020 Viola Awards will be announced at the gala event.

The Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to announce the Finalists for the 202o Viola Awards in celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff, Arizona. Thirty-eight Finalists are recognized across nine categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories.

2020 Viola Awards Gala Schedule

5:00-6:00pm Viola Cocktail Hour
6:00-9:00pm Dinner, Performances and Awards Ceremony

(Please arrive between 5:00-5:30pm to secure parking)

Order of Awards

  • STEAM
  • EMERGING ARTIST
  • EDUCATOR
  • PLACEMAKING
  • MUSIC
  • VISUAL ARTS
  • COMMUNITY IMPACT INDIVIDUAL
  • COMMUNITY IMPACT ORGANIZATION
  • PERFORMING ARTS

PURCHASE TICKETS

A portion of your ticket is tax deductible.

This year’s menu will include:

Fresh crunchy Romaine & Baby Spring Mix w/dried Cranberries, Grape tomatoes, candied Walnuts, Gluten Free Pasta & Mandarin Oranges offered with Champagne Vinaigrette (Gluten Friendly & Dairy Free)

CHOICE OF:

Seared White Fish w/Orange Beurre Blanc (Gluten Friendly & Diary Free) with Whipped Potatoes (Gluten Friendly) & Honey Ginger Petite French Carrots (Dairy Free & Gluten Friendly)

Blue Cheese topped Bistro Steak with Béarnaise sauce (Gluten Friendly) with Whipped Potatoes (Gluten Friendly) & Honey Ginger Petite French Carrots (Dairy Free & Gluten Friendly)

Stuffed Mushroom (stuffed with rice, tomatoes, herbs, olives, peppers, golden raisins with a Chimichurri sauce) (Vegan & Gluten Friendly) with Whipped Potatoes (Gluten Friendly) & Honey Ginger Petite French Carrots (Dairy Free & Gluten Friendly)

And for dessert, Flourless Chocolate tort with Raspberry Coulis (Gluten Friendly)

PURCHASE TICKETS

2020 Title Sponsor

2020 Founding Sponsor

Official After Party Hosted by Hotel Monte Vista